iPad is Changing Things
The iPad is changing things. How do I know this you ask? Take my word for it. I met a friend for dinner last night, another programmer and Apple “enthusiast” like myself and brought along the iPad for him to play with while we were geeking out. The waitress asks us what that gorgeous thing is and we tell her it’s an Apple product to which she responds, “Oh, they make the coolest stuff! I love my iPod but hate my computer. So is this like a big iPod that I could use?”
Before she left the table a few other servers and even a woman from a few tables over were crowded around the table poking and swiping. I was quizzed on the battery life, if it could print wirelessly, if you could share photos easily with the grandkids or do online banking.
All these people who admitted being intimidated of their PC at work or home felt at ease using this device and didn’t once ask me “how” to do something. They just tried whatever seemed natural and smiled or giggled when the device actually did what they expected it to.
If random people at a restaurant, most of which had no clue what brand of PC or even said “I’m running Windows 2004″, knew they wanted this device and could use it, then Apple has hit upon a great market. Oh, and not a single one of them flinched when I responded with the price tag. They all expected a $1000 device, and $500 made them very happy.